Workshop Tools: Wooden Mallets

Hello everyone, this is Shindo from MITUBACI.

Previously I shared a bit on the workshop tools kanadoko and mokudai (see article below). This time I'd like to share about the wooden mallet (and more) we use in crafting jewelry.

(前回・金床のおはなしはこちらです)

Please bear with us until the end!

Wooden mallets are used to bend the raw metal and form it into the shape of a ring. In the picture above, from left to right, are hammers made with harder wood to softer wood—the leftmost being the metal hammer and the rightmost being a wooden mallet wrapped in leather.
写真の一番左が金槌です。そこから順番に右にいくに従って柔らかい木を使った木槌、一番右が皮を貼った木槌です。
The type of hammer used to make jewelry depends on the hardness of the material. Using the wrong hammer, for instance, using a hard hammer on a soft material, may cause the size of the ring to become bigger. In the case of resizing slim rings, we use the leather-wrapped mallet instead to soften the impact on the jewelry.
柔らかい地金の指輪を硬い木槌で叩いて加工すると指輪のサイズが大きくなってしまいます。
細い指輪のサイズ直しなどでは、皮を貼った木槌を使いキズがつかないように加工します。

To maintain the wear and tear of the mallets, we sharpen and shape them every two weeks, carving out the center to give it a little protrusion and chamfering sharp edges. With each trim, the mallet gets shorter but also more comfortable to use.

その時、木槌の面の中央を少し膨らむように削り出します。
角は面取りをしておきます。
写真ですごく短くなった木槌に気づくと思います。
少しずつ短くなっていきますが、この短い木槌が以外に使いやすくて気に入っています。

Maintaining the tools and equipment is a very important aspect of jewelry-making. Through the past 50 years, our first-generation founder has been maintaining our tools. Below is an image of maintenance work behind the scene.

道具の手入れも大事な仕事の一つなんです。

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Workshop Tools: Wooden Mallets
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